'''North Carolina''' () is a state in the Southeastern United States
. The state borders South Carolina
and Georgia (U.S. state)|Georgia
to the south, Tennessee
to the west, Virginia
to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean
to the east. North Carolina is the List of U.S. states and territories by area|28th most extensive
and the List of U.S. states and territories by population|9th most populous
of the List of U.S. states|50 United States
. North Carolina is known as the ''Tar Heel State'' and the ''Old North State''.
North Carolina is composed of List of counties in North Carolina|100 counties
. North Carolina's two largest metropolitan areas are among the top ten fastest-growing in the country: its capital, Raleigh, North Carolina|Raleigh
, and its largest city, Charlotte, North Carolina|Charlotte
. In the past five decades, North Carolina's economy has undergone a transition from reliance upon...